Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy on Limited Edition 180g LP
A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.
And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard aficionados who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola's writing along with the soulfulness and his inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set. He has been a pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976's Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977's Elegant Gypsy and 1978's Casino.
1977 fusion classic Elegant Gypsy served as Di Meola's second outing as a leader and it finds him directing an explosive group comprised of keyboardists Jan Hammer and Barry Miles, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White and percussionist Mingo Lewis. Drummer Steve Gadd appears on the "Elegant Gypsy Suite" while guitarist Paco de Lucía duets with Di Meola on the foreshadowing cut "Mediterranean Sundance."